Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Ratings System

From here on, I'm going to change my ratings system from a five-star scheme to a simple number system. Now, ratings will be on a scale of 0.0 to 10, with half point intervals.

In other words, 0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and so on. A 10 would be awarded to something completely amazing, while a 0.0 would be reserved for something unspeakably bad, something that I'm not sure even exists.

I'm going to use this system for game reviews, since it has more steps and thus allows more precise ratings. I considered keeping the star ratings for movie reviews since they end up having star ratings in the paper I sometimes write for, but I think for the purposes of this blog I'll have them use numbers as well.

The only downside is, no more Metroids, Mario stars, or Kratos heads. I'd go back and retroactively change the reviews I've done to the numeric ratings, but I think they might lose some charm. What do you think? Change them for consistency, or leave them for charm?


  1. Nah, leave them be. Changing them for consistency would be like remaking the first 9 episodes of Angel and replacing Doyle with Wesley. The Kratos heads will remind you of where you started.

  2. yeah, I think you don't need to go back and change the old reviews. That seems like it would be kinda unnecessary work for you. What I liked about the old reviews is that the Kratos heads were unique to this blog. But, the new, more simple, review system is nice, too.

  3. I kept tweaking this after the fact. Game reviews are on the 0.0 to 10 scale, while movie reviews have kept the 1-5 star scale.